The publisher has informed me that The Naked Guide to Cardiff will not now be published in 2010, but in 2011. Apparently the company has been hit hard by the recession and the closure of bookshops so are cutting back on publications this year. This means I must keep maintaining amendments and updates to each of the 34 chapters (and Cardiff is constantly changing) for another 6 months at least. It’s a lot of work, demanding and unpaid, and I still cannot be certain that any book will ever appear given that a double-dip recession is guaranteed by the ConDem’s savage cuts. But am I downhearted? Um, in short, yes.
UPDATE: Further unacceptable delays and general incompetence forced me to walk away from this publisher, and rework the manuscript into what was eventually published as Cardiff The Biography in 2014.